Cervical Discectomy & Neural Decompression (DND)
Head and neck pain, pain between the shoulders, pain in the
arms along with weakness, tingling and numbness in the hands
and arms. (Specifically: headaches and migraines.)
Cervical Discectomy Neural Decompression Procedure is performed
in a surgery center and typically is accomplished over the
course of 45 to 90 minutes depending on the anatomy of the
patient, the complexity of the pathology and how many discs
After being comfortably positioned on the operating table
in the face-up position, the patient is given oxygen, connected
to appropriate monitors and administered intravenous sedation
to induce sleep
With the aid of fluoroscopy, needles are placed individually
from the right side of the front of the neck down into each
disc to be treated. This is followed by contrast to visualize
the disc anatomy.
A Thulium laser is then used to treat the posterior annulus
of each bulging or herniated disc. The procedure places sufficient
energy into the annulus to turn off the nociceptors or pain
nerves, char the annulus and sometimes shrink the bulge or
herniation as well as seal the blood vessels extending into
the annulus. These vessels bring compounds to the disc that
cause further inflammation and pain in the area. This treatment
relieves much of the cervical spine pain and headaches as
well as diminishing pressure on the cervical nerves leading
to diminished pain, weakness, tingling or numbness down the
arms. antibiotics Antibiotics are then injected into each
disc followed by removal of the instrumentation.
After the procedure is completed, the patient is awakened
and moved to the recovery room until discharged. The averagetime
in the recovery room is about 1 hour.
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